Books
Working so much with the artwork of Macross and other anime shows, I would like to promote the great products that every Macross fan should own. Below is a list of the published books I own featuring line art and colored pictures from Macross and various other animation. If you're a fan of any of these anime shows I recommend learning more about these books and purchasing them for your enjoyment. Some of the books below are old and out of print, so they may be expensive and difficult to obtain (try eBay, online anime stores and the message boards of fan sites). However, there are many new books as well which are still available for a reasonable price. Important Note: All these books are written in Japanese. English words are found on the covers and in various titles/chapter headers mostly for stylistic purposes.


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Macross Chronicle Issue 1 and Issue 50
(Series Published from 2008-2010)

Macross Chronicle is not one book but a 50-issue series with each issue containing loose-leaf style sheets inside a thin folder published by We've Inc. The first issue contains 20 pages and each issue is divided into specialty sheets titled Mechanic Sheet, Character Sheet, Timeline Sheet, World Guide Sheet, History Sheet, Technology Sheet, Gallery Sheet, Song Sheet, Goods Sheet and four other miscellaneous sheets named Glossary, Tribute, Making and Extra Sheets. Each issue is made to fit inside a Macross Chronicle binder (sold seperately) which features dividers for the 7 categories; Mechanic, Character, Timeline, History, Technology, World Guide and Special. The Macross Chronicle is definitely a multi-issue fan book and is not a replacement for mechanical art books, since most mechanical sections of the Chronicle do not feature an exhaustive collection of line art. Despite some ommissions, the Chronicle is an incredible compiled collection and it is the only book series to come out in many years to feature full color line art of the Macross Mecha. The series is also a wealth of information about the Macross universe (though it is all in written Japanese) and expertly collects source material from dozens of other Macross books published over the last 25 years. The Macross Chronicle was initially published from July 2008 to June 2010 with a total of 50 issues.


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Macross Chronicle Issue 1 and Issue 81 (DeAgostini)
(Series Published from 2013-2014)

Macross Chronicle (DeAgostini) is another collection of books in an 81-issue series in which each issue contains loose-leaf style sheets inside a thin folder published by DeAgostini. Like the original Macross Chronicle series, each issue features content on various topics that can eventually be compiled together into themed sections all held within collectable binders. Content presented here covers all the same material as before, ranging from mecha, characters, locations, technology, history and other aspects of the Macross fictional world. The high quality of the published artwork continues in the new series but aside from different formatting and a few new pieces of art, very little has changed otherwise. The first issue does feature a glossy outer sleeve not found in any of the other issues.

This second run of the Macross Chronicle originally started in early 2012 when a new 81-issue limited release of the series began publication by DeAgostini for sale within Hiroshima Prefecture only (testing consumer demand prior to wide-release). Due to low sales during the limited-run release a cancellation notice was included within issue #9 and publication ended at issue #10. Nonetheless, DeAgostini began publishing the new series later and released the first issue on January 15th 2013. The new 81-issue series includes new Macross material not covered in the previous series and new marquee paintings by Tenjin Hidetaka. Unfortunately, this new content is mixed with material previously published in the first 50-issue Macross Chronicle series. Thus fans who want the new content are forced to re-purchase what they already own of the first 50-issue series. The new DeAgostini series doesn't include much in the way of older artwork (SDF Macross to Macross Zero) than what was featured in the first Chronicle series, but there are a few more full page paintings made for the series. There is also more material from the Macross Frontier movies and Frontier-era video games also have devoted profiles and pages. There is some small amount of old material to be found in the new series not previously released in the Chronicle, such as some artwork from Character Model magazine and some more 1990-era video game artwork. The Macross Chronicle by DeAgostini was published from January 2013 to August 2014 with a total of 81 issues.

The individual sheets are generally categorized as Macross Chronicle - Edition (1E or 2E) Series - Sheet Type - Faction - Sheet Alphanumeric - "Sheet Title" (for example, Macross Chronicle 2E Macross Frontier Mechanic Sheet SMS 01A "Macross Quarter")


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This Is Animation Macross Volumes #1 and #2
(Issues Published 1983)

This Is Animation Macross Volumes #1 and #2 are two large volume books (248 pages each) with dust cover published by Shogakukan. Both books are 26 cm tall by 21 cm wide (10 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). These books feature two major types of material from the Super Dimension Fortress Macross animated TV series; 120 pages in book one and 98 pages in book two of uncolored line art which are followed up in each book by 120+ pages of character dialog (with a small amount of storyboards from episodes #3, #13 and #27 and a fold-out poster). These books are a treasure trove of uncolored line art from the series and include vehicles, mecha, characters and location art. Naturally, these books do not include every piece of art from the animated series, but they are as close to comprehensive as most anime art books come. There are many pieces of line art included within the pages of these two volumes that are not found anywhere else and many drawings that appear here are better versions of the same art reprinted in other books. These two volumes come with the highest recommendation.


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Macross Perfect Memory
(Published 1983 and 1986)

Macross Perfect Memory is a very large volume (260 pages) with dust cover and a poster of the SDF-1 Macross in space published by Minori. This is the Macross book to have for any fan of the animated television series Super Dimension Fortress Macross. There is an enormous amount of line art including character pages, valkyries, zentradi vehicles, spacecraft, locations, interiors and even small drawings of almost everything in the series. The book also contains plenty of screen pictures from each episode, concept work for the series, many pictures/paintings for the show and a short story (The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: The U.N. Wars - The Plundering Fleet).


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This Is Animation Issues #3, #5 and #7: The Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross
(Issues Published 1983)

This Is Animation Issues #3, #5 and #7: The Super Dimension Fortress-1 Macross are three large volume books (120 pages each) with dust cover published by Shogakukan. The books include material from the Super Dimension Fortress Macross animated TV series in chronological order over the three issues. Issue #3 covers SDF Macross episodes 1-7, Issue #5 covers episodes 8-18, and Issue #7 covers episodes 19-36. Each issue is laid out the same, with color picture episode summaries, black and white line art sections, painting/background artwork and cast/crew interviews. Each book also includes a pull-out poster and some feature colored line art of the characters or vehicles. These books are a patchwork of material from the series and are far from definitive as a collection. There are some interesting production pieces to be found within (like scene layouts and paintings) but overall this series lacks a lot of artwork particularly when considering these books have a combined print of over 300 pages. While disappointing overall, I can recommend these books for fans of early Macross painted art and those curious about production trivia.


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Do You Remember Love? Data Bank
(Published 1984 and 1992)

Do You Remember Love? Data Bank is a very large volume (404 pages) with dust cover, cardboard slipcase, a film strip and a poster schematic of the VF-1 Strike Valkyrie published by Shogakukan. If you are a fan of the 1984 Macross The Movie: Do You Remember Love?, this book is an absolute must to own. There is an exhaustive section of line art including characters, valkyries, zentradi vehicles, spacecraft, locations, interiors and miscellaneous drawings. The book also features a large section of screen pictures from the film, pictures of background paintings and some other artwork. For obvious reasons, this book is known among fans as "The Gold Book".


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This Is Animation Series #11: Macross Do You Remember Love?
(Published 1984 and 1992)

This Is Animation Series #11: Macross Do You Remember Love? is a large volume (144 pages) with dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book is 31 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). Like many other books in the series, This Is Animation Series #11 Do You Remember Love? has numerous color photos of the animated movie, 40 pages of black and white line art featuring character designs and mecha, production paintings/sketches and some interviews. Much of the line art appearing within this book is also to be found within the Gold Book with the quality varying from superior to inferior when compared to that book. Although the collection of line art in this book is not comprehensive, some of the individual drawings within are printed larger on the page than what is found in other books. The book does feature some rarer drawings, such as a size comparison chart of Mecha for the movie. This book is strongly recommended for fans of the Macross movie.


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Do You Remember Love? Special Preview
(Published 1984)

Do You Remember Love? Special Preview is a small volume (104 pages) published by Shogakukan. The book is 26 cm tall by 21 cm wide (10 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This book contains a fold-out poster, 15 pages of colored line art of mecha, ships and characters, 17 pages of color pictures from the animated movie, 15 pages of uncolored line art, 8 pages of Mari Ijima photographs, music sheets, merchandise and even the floor layout for a live Macross event. While most of this book is a mixed bag, there are several unique pieces of line art within; the SDF-2 Megaroad Bridge Exterior, the SDF-1 Macross city zone cross-section, VF-1 Valkyrie and SDF-1 Macross transformation diagrams and lastly concept artwork not found anywhere else for the HWR-00 Destroid Monster Mk II. This volume is more fan book than art collection but it does feature some material to interest fans of the animated movie Macross: Do You Remember Love?


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Best Hit Series: Macross Flashback 2012 Graffiti
(Published 1987)

Best Hit Series: Macross Flashback 2012 Graffiti is a small volume (66 pages) with dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book is 26 cm tall by 21 cm wide (10 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This book contains a small collection of Minmay paintings, 25 pages of color pictures from the animated OVA, 15 pages of song lyrics, 10 pages of uncolored mecha, ship and character line art, and 5 pages of interviews. The line art is high quality and all the color pages of paintings and color screen shots of the anime are good quality. The content within the book isn't extensive simply because the animated OVA of The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flash Back 2012 is a short 30 minute feature. Nonetheless, this book is a worthwhile purchase for any fan of the Flashback 2012 OVA.


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Entertainment Bible .27: Macross Illustrations
(Published 1990)

Entertainment Bible .27: Macross Illustrations is a very small volume (145 pages) with a dust cover published by Bandai. The book is 17 cm tall by 10 1/2 cm wide (6 3/4 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches wide). The book covers material from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross TV series, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? film and The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Flashback 2012 special. There is 111 pages of uncolored character and mechanical line art from the three productions with the remainder of pages featuring colored line art of the mechanical designs with some color photos from the animated shows. This is basically a quick reference pocket book that is not comprehensive and does not include anything that cannot be found in better books. At one time this probably served as a fun portable reference guide to share with friends at school but in the world of today the book is more a publishing curiosity.


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This Is Animation Special 5: Macross II
(Published June 1993)

This Is Animation Special 5: Macross II is a small volume (98 pages) with a dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book is 21 cm wide by 26 cm tall (8 1/4 inches by 10 1/4 inches). This volume contains line art of characters, mecha, ships and vehicles from the Macross II animated television series presented in a familiar format to that of This Is Animation Special Macross Plus and This Is Animation Special Macross 7. There are 6 full page paintings by Haruhiko Mikimoto, 9 pages of colored character concept art, 16 pages of uncolored character line art, 29 pages of screen shots from the animation (separated into 6 episode sections, each prefaced by a large Mikimoto painting), 3 pages of Haruhiko Mikimoto paintings of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross characters, 8 pages of uncolored Haruhiko Mikimoto portrait-style character drawings, 15 pages of uncolored mecha, ships and vehicles line art and lastly 8 pages of uncolored line art of various characters, mecha, vehicles, ships, locations, buildings, and equipment. Scattered amoung the 16 pages of character line art are text breakouts featuring brief interviews. Like the other This Is Animation Special books, the collection of artwork is not exhaustive and suffers from noticeable gaps in the line art catalog (especially for the large space craft of the Mardook). Line art quality is high despite the small size of the book sometimes limiting viewable detail in the smaller printed images. Nevertheless, this book remains one of only two dedicated line art books made for the Macross II series and is a worthwhile acquisition for any fan.


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This Is Animation Special Macross Plus
(Published 1995)

This Is Animation Special Macross Plus is a small volume (98 pages) with a dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book covers the four episodes of the Macross Plus OVA and features line art and screen pictures from the anime. You can't go wrong with this book for Macross Plus artwork, but this book includes material beyond Macross Plus. It contains a series of newly drafted fighter mode schematics of the VF-1A/D/J/S (including Super and Strike variants), the VT-1 (w/t FAST Packs), the VF-4, the VF-11B (w/t FAST Packs), the VF-17D/T, the YF-19, the YF-21 and the VF-5000. The book also reprints a large amount of VF-1 line art along with the odd piece of redrawn artwork (GBP-1S Armored Valkyrie missiles and the GU-11 Gun Pod) and new artwork (VF-1 detailed cockpit panel and VF-1 fighter cross-section drawing). The last section of the book also contains over a dozen pages of full color variable fighter squadron colors. This is an indispensable book for those that love the Valkyries of Macross.


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This Is Animation The Select Macross Plus Movie Edition
(Published 1995)

This Is Animation The Select Macross Plus Movie Edition is a small volume (98 pages) with a dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book features line art and screen pictures from the Macross Plus Movie Edition. The material within this book is much more tightly focused on Macross Plus and includes more line art not seen in the OVA book. It also features what appears to be a diary of Shoji Kawamori as he travels to the USA for research. It includes full color photographs of the real world aircraft that inspired many of the Valkyrie designs and also includes interviews. This book uses better quality paper than the OVA book and has better quality screen pictures. This book is definitely worth buying if you're a Macross Plus fan.


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Macross Plus Archives and Macross Plus DVD Set Case
(Published 2007)

Macross Plus Archives is a small volume (24 pages) published by Tarkus. The booklet is published in a landscape format that is 13.5 cm tall by 19.0 cm wide (5 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/2 inches wide). This booklet is included as part of the Macross Plus Remastered DVD Set (released 2007) and is a collection of exclusively black and white line art presented on 24 pages of glossy white paper bound into a simple booklet. Surprisingly, this tiny booklet from a DVD set is one of the best line art books ever published for Macross Plus. There are hundreds of pieces of art within the brief 24 pages of this booklet, all in high contrast and reproduced faithfully to the original drawings. There is art included within the archives booklet that has rarely been published, such as certain drawings of the YF-19 and YF-21 mecha and the 30mm gun pod with bayonet. More importantly, the booklet has line art never before published in any Macross book, such as the YF-19 arm weapon unit, the VF-11 Target Craft, the Hospital Motorcycle and concept art for the Drone Fighter and Gun Pods. The only disadvantage of the booklet is the small format which inherently limits the artwork within. For fans of Macross Plus line art, this booklet is a must have publication.


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This Is Animation Series Macross 7 Animation Materials
(Published 1995)

This Is Animation Series Macross 7 Animation Materials is a large volume (200 pages) with a dust cover published by Shogakukan. The book is 30 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This book contains a large amount of black and white line art from the Macross 7 animated TV series, some colored art and a brief 3-page interview. The uncolored line art includes mecha, spaceships and characters spread across 150 pages. The 40 pages of colored art is composed primarily of character work including concept art but also contains some colored mecha concept drawings that were later reprinted in Shoji Kawamori MACROSS Design Works. The print quality of this book is spectacular and all the line art appears in sharp lines and beautiful detail. The one failing of this book is a surprising lack of vehicle and location art one would almost certainly expect to find in most major publications that cover a TV series like Macross. Almost none of the cars, vans, aerial craft or other such vehicles from the series are to be found within and there are even notable gaps in the mecha catalogue, such as the police mecha from City 7 or the VF-11MAXL Custom with the Fold Booster. Despite such ommissions, art of a few cars and motorcycles are found within and this is still THE book to own for animation material from the Macross 7 TV series.


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Macross 7 Sketchbook
(Published 1995)

Macross 7 Sketchbook is a small volume (96 pages) in landscape format published by Movic. The book features line art of characters and mecha from the Macross 7 television series. The line art is presented upon single sided pages (meaning there is far less art here compared to books with typical double-sided pages) and there is no table of contents, publication details or page numbers. While the print quality of this book is excellent, there is very little artwork inside that cannot be found in better books and the collection of art within this book is far from comprehensive. This book does have the distinction of featuring large, full-page pictures of line art and the rare, alternate version of the Fz-109F Battroid.


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This Is Animation Special Macross 7
(Published 1995)

This Is Animation Special Macross 7 is a small volume (98 pages) with a dust cover published by Shogakukan. Inside is line art of characters, ships and vehicles from the Macross 7 television series presented in a similar fashion and book size as that of This Is Animation Special Macross Plus. Like the Macross Plus book, there is plenty of mecha art and some color pages with screen shots of the animation. There is also many color pages of concept artwork for the Macross 7 characters and numerous interview pages. Line art quality is high, albeit somewhat small due to limitations of the size of the book itself which is 21 cm wide by 26 cm tall (8 1/4 inches by 10 1/4 inches).


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Macross Zero (booklet) and Macross Zero Blu-Ray Set Case
(Published 2008)

Macross Zero (booklet) is a small volume (20 pages) published by Tarkus. This landscape format booklet is 13.5 cm tall by 17.0 cm wide (5 1/2 inches tall by 6 5/8 inches wide) and published as part of the Macross Zero Blu-Ray Set released in 2008. The booklet is a collection of uncolored character, mecha and miscellaneous line art, 2 pages of colored CGI models and 4 pages of interviews presented across 20 pages of glossy white paper bound into a simple book. This tiny booklet - like the Macross Plus Archives booklet from the Remastered DVD set - is a notable cache of line art, only this volume contains a significant portion of Macross Zero line art not printed uncolored in other publications. A large amount of line art is squeezed into these 20 pages and (despite the tiny size of each drawing) is reproduced in excellent high-contrast quality. Also included is a small amount of art that has rarely been published, such as certain mechanical drawings of the VF-0 Phoenix and SV-51 valkyries and the VF-0 Angel missiles. There is also concept art of some valkyries, ships and other mechanical designs. As a publication for a blu-ray set, the booklet is quite small and thus it unfortunately limits the artwork contained therein. However, this booklet is a must have publication for any fan that enjoys the line art and mechanical design of Macross Zero.


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The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me (case cover art), Data Book, and Operation Manual
(Published 1993)

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Remember Me is an NEC PC-9801 compatible high-density floppy disk video game with two small 40-page manuals released by Family Soft. The game container case is 25.3 cm tall by 18.5 cm wide (10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide) which holds FOUR 5 1/4 inch floppy disks and two game manuals each 21.0 cm tall by 15.0 cm wide (8 1/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide). The Data Book contains 3 pages of color character art (by Haruhiko Mikimoto) 4 pages of color mechanical art (VF-3/VF-X3 Star Crusader, SDP-1 Stampede Valkyrie, LDR-04 Mk XV Destroid Maverick and QF-9iE Ghost II), 8 uncolored character profile pages, and 20 pages of uncolored mechanical line art. The Operation Manual is mostly written instructions for the game with a small story section and all interspersed with uncolored mechanical line art. Included at the end of the Operation Manual is a short 12-page manga. The colored and uncolored line art in the Data Book are high quality drawings of the Macross mechanical designs, many of which are drawn in unique dramatic poses. The artwork is presented in fairly large images for a small book and the print quality and contrast are excellent. Fans of the mechanical designs from the original television series and feature film era should find much to enjoy in these two video game manuals.


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The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader (case cover art) and Operation Manual
(Published 1994)

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Skull Leader is an NEC PC-9801 compatible high-density floppy disk video game with one small 48-page manual released by Family Soft. The game container case is 25.3 cm tall by 18.5 cm wide (10 inches tall by 7 3/4 inches wide) which holds SEVEN 3 1/2 inch floppy disks and one game manual 21.0 cm tall by 15.0 cm wide (8 1/4 inches tall by 5 3/4 inches wide). The operation Manual has 21 pages of video game play instructions, 7 pages of uncolored character line art (by Haruhiko Mikimoto), 11 pages of uncolored mechnical line art and closes with a 6-page manga. The quality of the mechanical design artwork is rather inconsistent and many of the designs appear to be creative interpretations of the actual mecha rather than faithful to the original official designs. However, the print quality of the book is generally good and the art within could be of interest to fans.


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Macross Digital Mission VF-X2: Offical Visual Guide: Sony Playstation
(Published 1999)

Macross Digital Mission VF-X2: Offical Visual Guide: Sony Playstation is a small volume (112 pages) with a dust cover published by Movic. The book is 29.8 cm tall by 21.3 cm wide (11 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This is a companion book for the Macross Digital Mission VF-X2 video game released in 1999 for the Sony Playstation. It contains a visual collection section containing 7 pages of colored character line art, 1 page of voice actor messages, 6 full page digital and hand drawn paintings, 10 pages of valkyrie specifications (with statistic ratings in video game terms), a 15-page gameplay guide, a 30-page mission guide, 19 pages of interviews with game makers, 7 pages of uncolored mecha, ship and vehicle art and ending with 4 pages of Macross media history. The content is primarily for gamers of the VF-X2 video game, but the book does offer digital and hand drawn art as well as a small section of uncolored line art for non-gaming fans. Overall an interesting book but not particularly useful other than an aid for playing the video game.


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Macross Digital Mission VF-X2: Perfect Offical Clue File: Sony Playstation
(Published 1999)

Macross Digital Mission VF-X2: Perfect Offical Clue File: Sony Playstation is a small volume (112 pages) with a dust cover published by Kobunsha. The book is 25.7 cm tall by 18.2 cm wide (10 1/8 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide). This is a guide book for the Macross Digital Mission VF-X2 video game released in 1999 for the Sony Playstation. The first 72 pages contain guides for each mission of the video game followed by a 40 page making-of-the-game with storyboards for the animated sequences and interviews with the artists and game developers. The last 40 pages include a very small amount uncolored character and mecha line art. This book is primarily for players of the video game and offers little in the way of content for non-gamers.


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Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works
(Published 2001)

Shoji Kawamori MACROSS Design Works is a large volume (207 pages) with a dust cover published by Movic. The book includes nearly all Shoji Kawamori's Valkyrie line art from the Macross anime television series, movies and video games. This book is an excellent compilation for those that love Kawamori line art of the Macross Valkyries and contains so much material it will give you new found respect for Kawamori's Macross creations of the last 20+ years. The book also contains a significant portion of line art never published before. However, in spite of the excellent compilation of Valkyrie artwork, this book does suffer from two major problems. The first problem is the book tries to present too much artwork in too small a format. This is really a volume that should have been in an oversized format to allow for much larger print sizes, especially for those sections with too many drawings presented upon a single page. The second problem with this book is the print quality; through some strange process I've never seen in any art book before or since, the lines of the drawings themselves have been "smoothed" or "blurred" in some fashion. It is difficult to write a description, but the result is more a problem than a benefit. The advantage is printed art in solid black lines without any noise or pencil/inking flaws. However, the disadvantage is printed art that loses fine detail and thickens the contrast (occassionally with truly terrible results). It is uncertain why this printing method was used, but it is less than ideal for presenting line art even if only those closely examining the art are likely to notice the differences. Despite these problems, the book gets almost everything else right and is a fantastic compilation. For those wanting most of the Valkyrie art without spending hundreds of dollars to collect the individual out-of-print volumes for each Macross series, this is THE book to purchase.


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Kazutaka Miyatake Design Works Macross & Orguss
(Published 2005)

Kazutaka Miyatake Design Works Macross & Orguss is a small volume (114 pages) with a dust cover published by Movic. The book includes Kazutaka Miyatake art from the animated productions Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Macross Plus, Macross 7, Macross Dynamite 7, Macross Digital Mission VF-X and Super Dimension Century Orguss. This book is a noteworthy compilation of mecha art, character/creature designs and concept drawings for those that admire the art of Kazutaka Miyatake. The content and quality of the artwork within is somewhat of a mixed bag. Like the Shoji Kawamori Macross Design Works, this book presents drawings far too small on the page and should have been in an oversized format to allow for better presentation. The print quality of the art work within is faithful to the original art (thankfully absent is the poor line quality of the SK Macross Design Works book) but no effort was made to properly prepare or source the art. Some drawings are so small and the contrast so dark that fine details are nearly eliminated. This book was a perfect opportunity to correct contrast and image problems that plagued older books but instead some of the line art appears taken directly from poor quality sources and simply reprinted. Lastly, one would expect a book of this type to feature most of the available artwork for major designs like the SDF-1 Macross, yet there are more absent drawings than one would think. In spite of the aforementioned failings the book does contain many great pieces of Miyatake artwork including numerous intriguing concept drawings. The dust cover and front/back book cover also feature new Miyatake line drawings of the SDF-1 Macross apparently dated from April 2000. The book is worth purchasing even if sometimes the product does not meet all expectations.


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Shoji Kawamori Design Works
(Published 2006)

Shoji Kawamori Design Works is a large volume (207 pages) with a reflective dust cover. This book includes examples of Shoji Kawamori's art from Gundam, Patlabor and Ghost in the Shell to much more extensive work on series like Eureka Seven, Aquarion and Armored Core. The book is printed on high quality paper and includes plenty of material, but the picture quality ranges from good to poor. A significant amount of the line art is actually scanned rather than printed. The result produces digitized versions of the original line art with small but noticeable pixels. Some pictures are so poor you can even see jpeg artifacts from the low quality file compression, printed right on the page! If you adore the work of Kawamori beyond Macross, this book is for you. Macross fans are likely to find interest only in the small amount of Macross Zero line art present, since Macross Zero is without a dedicated art book (for shame, Big West!). I hope digitization is not the preferred method of the future for Japanese anime art books because line art in print does not render itself well to low quality digitization.


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Junya Ishigaki Works: ROBO No Ishi
(Published 2009)

Junya Ishigaki Works: ROBO No Ishi is a large volume (208 pages) with a dust cover published by Ichijin Sha. The book is 21 cm wide by 30 cm tall (8 1/4 inches tall by 11 3/4 inches wide). This book is a vast collection of robot, character, ship, vehicle and equipment art work from Junya Ishigaki spanning over 18 years from 1990 until 2008. There are 15 pages of colored art at the front, followed by the large midsection of 188 pages of uncolored line art and ending with a 5 page interview section. An impressive amount of art work is to be found within this book, collecting vastly different designs from all kinds of projects across all kinds of genres. Included within is art from titles such as Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory, Gundam X, Gundam Wing, Xenosaga, Aim for the Top 2!, and Fullmetal Alchemist. For Macross fans, the book contains Ishigaki drawings for Macross Zero and Macross Frontier and also features his concept art for those productions. The format of the book is generally adequate for the plentiful content and the print quality is excellent. The one flaw of the book is the attempt made to accomodate such a vast amount of work therein, necessitating smaller individually printed drawings in order to fit all that content on each page. In spite of that flaw, Junya Ishigaki Works: ROBO No Ishi is highly recommended for fans of his work.


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B-Club #79
(Published June 1992)

B-Club #79 is a small volume (114 pages) published by Bandai. This book is a magazine publication (issue #79) about Japanese anime and entertainment that covers a variety of entertainment properties. There are 38 pages of Macross II content such as mecha and characters (17 colors pages and 12 uncolored pages) with 2 pages of Super Dimension Fortress Macross material, 1 page of Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? material and 1 page of Super Dimension Fortress Macross 2036 material. The rest of the magazine covers a wide selection of anime and entertainment news typical of the early 1990s era. There is also a notable double-page colored splash of the VF-2SS Valkyrie II equipped with the Super Armed Pack (SAP) drawn by Shingo Takeba. While the content within is not exhaustive, this book is a valuable collection of uncolored/colored line art for Macross II as well as full color reference for many Macross II, Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross 2036 mecha and characters.


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Animage 11 Vol. 161
(Published November 1991)

Animage 11 Vol. 161 is a large volume (200 pages) published by Tokuma Shoten. The book is a publication about Japanese anime and entertainment and as such the book does not cover any one entertainment property exclusively. The few pages within the book that do cover Macross are mostly devoted to Macross II (6 color pages and 5 uncolored pages) while the rest of the book covers a vast array of anime and entertainment news typical of the early 1990s era. The Macross II material in the book features line art, concept line art, and colored pictures of mecha and character designs. This book is notable for publishing the VF-XS Valkyrie II concept line art and colored art of the mecha.


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Tenjin Hidetaka Artworks Of Macross Valkyries
(Published 2005)

Tenjin Hidetaka Art Works of Macross Valkyries is a large volume (127 pages) with a dust jacket in a landscape format. Contained within are large, mostly full page pictures of Tenjin Hidetaka's CG paintings of various Macross Valkyrie variable fighters. The quality of this book is exceptional and each picture is full of detail in sharp print and vibrant colors. The book contains only CG paintings and no line art. Many Macross fans who have seen the art of Tenjin Hidetaka on plastic model boxes or other book covers can now enjoy these pictures in a collected, dedicated volume. The book also features a small amount of new work specifically created for this book as well as some behind the scenes art for Macross Zero. If you are a fan of Macross and a fan of art, the only question you should be asking yourself is why you don't own this book.


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Tenjin Hidetaka Artworks Of Macross Valkyries - Second Sortie
(Published 2011)

Tenjin Hidetaka Art Works of Macross Valkyries - Second Sortie is a large volume (112 pages) with a dust jacket in a landscape format published by Kobunsha. The book is 30.0 cm wide by 22 cm tall (11 3/4 inches wide by 8 3/4 inches tall). Like the first volume, this second book contains large, mostly full page pictures of Tenjin Hidetaka's CG paintings of various Macross Valkyrie variable fighters. The print quality is exceptional and each picture is presented in full, crisp detail and vibrant colors. The book contains only CG paintings (collected pictures of all Tenjin Hidetaka covers for the many plastic model kit boxes) and no line art. The book also features a small amount of exclusive artwork and some behind the scenes art for Macross Frontier. Just as with the first volume in this series, this second sortie of art from Tenjin Hidetaka is an absolute must own book for all fans of Macross artwork.


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Macross Frontier Archives
(Published 2009)

Macross Frontier Archives: 3D & Setting Document Collection is a small volume (98 pages) with a dust cover published by ASCII Media Works. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). Presented by Dengeki Hobby Books, this volume collects 51 pages of photographs of completed Bandai plastic model kits of the Macross Frontier VF-25 variable fighters. The book also includes a short interview with Shoji Kawamori, 4 pages of custom model paint schemes, 4 pages of colored model schematics, 3 pages of the CG models from the show and 31 pages of uncolored line art drawings of the various component parts of the VF-25 Messiah. This book is for model collectors and model builders, with comprehensive material of all the VF-25 Messiah variants from the Macross Frontier animated television series. Those fans uninterested in Macross Frontier plastic models may not find much in the way of material to enjoy.


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Macross The Ride Visual Book Vol. 1
(Published 2011)

Macross The Ride Visual Book Vol. 1 is a small volume (80 pages) published by ASCII Media Works. The book is 29 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 2/5 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). Presented by Dengeki Hobby Books, this volume features photographs of completed Bandai plastic model kits of the various Macross variable fighters. The book features a 7 page interview with Shoji Kawamori and Tenjin Hidetaka, 4 pages of full color character art, and the rest filled with mostly photographs of plastic models of valkyries with a small amount of hand drawn art and CG modelling. This book (and volume 2) is a visual companion to Macross The Ride, a serialized novel presented in twelve installments (later collected into two volumes) published from January to December 2011 in Dengeki Hobby Magazine. These two "Visual Books" expand upon the original visual supplements for the written story to provide a more comprehensive visual context for the vehicles, characters and settings as described within the novels for Macross The Ride.


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Macross The Ride Visual Book Vol. 2
(Published 2011)

Macross The Ride Visual Book Vol. 2 is a small volume (80 pages) published by ASCII Media Works. The book is 29 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 2/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). Presented by Dengeki Hobby Books, this volume features photographs of completed Bandai plastic model kits of the various Macross variable fighters. The book features a 3 page interview with Miyatake Kazutaka, 4 pages of full color character art, a 10 page manga, and the rest filled with mostly photographs of plastic models of valkyries with a small amount of hand drawn art and CG modelling. Like the Volume 1 book, this second Volume is a visual companion to Macross The Ride, a serialized novel presented in twelve installments (later collected into two volumes) published from January to December 2011 in Dengeki Hobby Magazine. These two "Visual Books" expand upon the original visual supplements for the written story to provide a more comprehensive visual context for the vehicles, characters and settings as described within the novels for Macross The Ride.


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Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 1
(Published 2009)

Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 1 is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). The Master Files are a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Variable Fighter, in this case the original VF-1 Valkyrie. This volume contains extensive trivia about the VF-1A/D/J/S Valkyrie (all written in Japanese) as well as many other variants for the Valkyrie class. The trivia covers a complete component breakdown of the craft including detailed descriptions of the technology, engines, weapons, sensors and FAST/Super Packs. There are also extensive schematics of all three modes, drawings of the instrumentation panels (both Block 4-5 and the film version Block 6), pilot flight suits, the logos/graphics/modex painted on the hull and pages about the OverTechnology of Macross for the VF-1 series. There is also a brief section on the VF-0 Phoenix, a section about the CVS-101 Prometheus, a story and squadrons information section. In addition to the plentiful trivia, there are hundreds of pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, component diagrams, several cutaway diagrams and dozens of customized squardon markings. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are all new creations, though some appear to be cleaned versions of older schematic/cross section line art. This book is an in-depth collection of VF-1 Valkyrie trivia and an impressive volume of art for the original variable fighter all in high quality print. A brief disclaimer inside a dotted line box (written within the credits on the last page of the book) states the Master File is not part of the official Macross continuity.


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Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 2 Space Wings
(Published 2010)

Variable Fighter Master File VF-1 Valkyrie Vol. 2 Space Wings is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). The Master Files are a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Variable Fighter, in this case the original VF-1 Valkyrie. This volume contains extensive trivia about the Space-based Wings of the VF-1 Super Valkyrie, FAST Packs and Armor configurations (all written in Japanese). The trivia includes numerous FAST/Super Pack variants including detailed descriptions of the technology. There are also extensive schematics, drawings of the instrumentation panels and the logos/graphics/modex painted on the hull. There is also a section on the VF-1 transformation systems, various GBP-1S Armor variants, an updated VF-1X/P craft incorporating some VF-0 features, several story sections, details of the GU-11D gun pod (for the VF-3000 Crusader), profile fighter mode schematics of the VF-4 Lightning III, the VF-3000 Crusader and the VF-5000 Star Mirage. Also included there are numerous pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, component diagrams, several cutaway diagrams and dozens of customized squardon markings. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are all new creations. This book is an in-depth collection of VF-1 Super/Armored Valkyrie trivia and an impressive volume of art for the original variable fighter all in high quality print. A brief disclaimer inside a dotted line box (written within the credits on the last page of the book) states the Master File is not part of the official Macross continuity.


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Variable Fighter Master File VF-19 Excalibur
(Published 2010)

Variable Fighter Master File VF-19 Excalibur is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). The Master Files are a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Variable Fighter, in this case the YF-19/VF-19 Excalibur. This volume contains extensive trivia about the YF-19/VF-19A/F/S Excalibur (all written in Japanese) as well as many other variants for the Excalibur class. The trivia covers a complete component breakdown of the craft including detailed descriptions of the technology, engines, weapons, sensors, stealth, fold boosters and FAST/Super Packs. There are also smaller sections covering information about the pilot flight suits, the logos/graphics/modex painted on the hull and even information about the forward-swept wing design. In addition to the plentiful trivia, there are hundreds of pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, dozens of schematics of all modes, component diagrams, a cutaway diagram and dozens of customized squardon markings. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are all new creations and none of the art is hand drawn with pencils or inks. As a result the book has a very modern, digital feel to all the art which should please young Macross fans but might not appeal to all older fans. Nonetheless, this book is a treasure trove of trivia and a visual feast of art for the VF-19 Excalibur all presented in high quality print. A brief disclaimer inside a dotted line box (written within the credits on the last page of the book) states the Master File is not part of the official Macross continuity.


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Variable Fighter Master File VF-25 Messiah
(Published 2011)

Variable Fighter Master File VF-25 Messiah is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). The Master Files are a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Variable Fighter, in this case the VF-25 Messiah. This volume contains extensive trivia about the VF-25F/G/S/RVF Messiah (all written in Japanese) as well covering the YF-24 Evolution and YF-25 Prophecy. The trivia covers a complete component breakdown of the craft including detailed descriptions of the technology, engines, weapons, sensors, stealth, and FAST/Super Packs. There is also information about the EX-Gear system, Inertia Store Converter, instrumentation panels, the pilot flight suits, and the logos/graphics/modex painted on the hull. There is also a story section and a portion about the generations of variable fighters from VF-1 Valkyrie, to VF-11 Thunderbolt, VF-17 Nightmare, YF-19/VF-19 Excalibur, YF-21/VF-22 Sturmvogel II and VF-171 Nightmare Plus. In addition to the plentiful trivia, there are hundreds of pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, schematics of the fighter and battroid modes, fighter schematics of the YF-24 Evolution, component diagrams, a cutaway diagram and dozens of customized squardon markings. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are new creations, that look very clean and sharp. The book has trivia and artwork to spare for the VF-25 Messiah all presented in high quality print. A brief disclaimer inside a dotted line box (written within the credits on the last page of the book) states the Master File is not part of the official Macross continuity.


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Variable Fighter Master File VF-22 Sturmvogel II
(Published 2014)

Variable Fighter Master File VF-22 Sturmvogel II is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). The Master Files are a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Variable Fighter, in this case the YF-21/VF-22 Sturmvogel II. This volume contains extensive trivia about the YF-21/VF-22/S Sturmvogel II (all written in Japanese) as well as many other variants for the Sturmvogel class. The trivia covers a complete component breakdown of the craft including detailed descriptions of the technology, engines, weapons, sensors, stealth, fold boosters and FAST/Super Packs. There are also smaller sections covering information about the pilot flight suits, the logos/graphics/modex painted on the hull and information about the composite material wing that alters shape and size. In addition to the plentiful trivia, there are hundreds of pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, dozens of schematics of fighter modes (no GERWALK), component diagrams, a cutaway diagram and dozens of customized squardon markings. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are all new creations and none of the art is hand drawn. The result is a very modern, digital-style of art book. Like the other books of the Master File series, this volume is filled with visual splendor of the VF-22 Sturmvogel II all presented in high quality print. Although the VF-22 Sturmvogel book shares a similar layout and structure to the Master File series, various style choices within (such as text size/font, page background color, headers/footers) make the book feel and look different.


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Master Archive Mobilesuit Earth Federation Force RX-78 Gundam Volume One
(Published 2011)

Master Archive Mobilesuit Earth Federation Force RX-78 Gundam Volume One is a large volume (125 pages) with a dust cover published by SoftBank Creative. The book is 28.5 cm tall by 21 cm wide (11 1/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). Published by the same company and released in a similar format as the Master Files for Macross, the Master Archive is a series in which each book details unique information about a class of Mobile Suit from the Gundam universe, in this case the RX-78 line of Gundams. This volume contains extensive trivia about the RX-78/-1 through -6, the FA-78-1, the RX-78-7 and the RX-78NT-1 Alex Gundams (all written in Japanese). This book also covers the FF-X7 Core Fighter and SCV-70 White Base. The trivia describes each version of the RX-78 series with detailed logos/graphics/modex painted on the hulls and technical specifications. A structure section details the component parts of the mobile suit including the internal chasis, the head unit, and other technology which then leads into a detailed section on the core fighter (with schematics). There is also an E.F.F. Mobile Suit Development History section, the Gundam pilot space suits, and lastly the White Base section. In addition to all the trivia, there are hundreds of pieces of computer drafted line art, computer generated model art, component diagrams, cutaway diagrams and some variant paint schemes. The artwork (both line art and CG paintings/models) are new creations that all look very clean and sharp presented in high quality print. This book is sure to please any fan of the RX-78 Gundams.


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Cowboy Bebop The After
(Published 1999)

Cowboy Bebop The After is a small volume (96 pages) with a dust cover. This book is composed of nine sections: characters with full-page color pictures of each, episode guide with synopsis color pictures, music section with track listings for the soundtracks, a short guide detailing inspirations and homages for the show, a small guide to all the fictional aspects of the Bebop universe, interviews with creative staff, gallery of color artwork, merchandising and a small section of line art. This is a great book for covering basically everything in the series, but aside from some great color art the book doesn’t cover any one thing all that well. Some sections are small and the line art section mostly consists of really small drawings. Still, this book is a good find if lacking the larger more dedicated art books for this series.


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Cowboy Bebop Sketch Book and Cowboy Bebop Blu-Ray Set
(Published 2015)

Cowboy Bebop Sketch Book is a large volume (140 pages) published by Funimation. This landscape format booklet is 12.5 cm tall by 17.0 cm wide (4 7/8 inches tall by 6 5/8 inches wide) and published as part of the Cowboy Bebop Blu-Ray Set released in 2015 (North American release). The booklet is a collection of black and white line art of characters, locations, ships, and equipment presented across 140 pages. There is no other material within the book. Though this small book makes the art work within a little small on each page, it does contain a large amount of material which is sure to please any fan of the drawn art for the Cowboy Bebop series.


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The Art Of Nausicaa
(Published 1984 and 2001)

The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is a large volume (192 pages) with a dust cover. The book covers everything from the 1984 film adaptation by Studio Ghibli. It features hundreds of quality color pictures, concept artwork, line art and full-page paintings. This book is by far mostly artwork with very little text, but it does feature what I believe may be notes or an interview in the back of the book (some 13 pages). This high quality volume is the ultimate visual guide to the Nausicaa film.


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Basic Art of the Five Star Stories Characters 1 Mirage
(Published 1988)

Basic Art of the Five Star Stories Characters 1 Mirage is a small volume (64 pages) published by Toy Press. The book is 28 cm tall by 21.5 cm wide (11 inches tall by 8 1/2 inches wide). This book contains plenty of black and white line art of characters and mechanical designs from the Five Star Stories. The focus of the book is upon the Mirage Knights Corps and other characters and mecha from the Amaterasu Kingdom Demesnes. Although the book is small, it does feature some colored mecha and characters. There is also a detailed section covering the LED Mirage with written descriptions of the machinery, weapons and capabilities of the infamous Mortar Headd. Though there is not a lot of material that can be fit into a volume this small, what is within the book is an excellent collection of Five Star Stories line art printed in a large - often full page - format.


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Basic Art of the Five Star Stories Characters 2 Colus
(Published 1988)

Basic Art of the Five Star Stories Characters 2 Colus is a small volume (64 pages) published by Toy Press. The book is 28 cm tall by 21.5 cm wide (11 inches tall by 8 1/2 inches wide). Like the Characters 1 Mirage book this second volume of Five Star Stories artwork focuses upon black and white line art of characters and mecha. This time the focus is upon the Trio de Colus on the planet Jüno, covering the characters and mecha of that kingdom. The layout and content are similar to the Characters 1 Mirage book, filled mostly with black and white line art, some full color art and then a focused section, in this book the Rogue Mirage is detailed. There is also some maps of the Trio de Colus and details on the infantry and tanks of the Colus armed forces. This is another small collection of art, but most of the drawings are full page displays of the beauty of the Five Star Stories line art that most fans should adore.


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Newtype 100% Collection Neon Genesis Evangelion
(Published 1997)

Newtype 100% Collection Neon Genesis Evangelion is a large volume (178 pages) with a dust cover published by Kadokawashoten. This book features a great amount of material from the 26-episode animated series released in 1995 by Gainax. The first 78 pages feature full page color pictures and paintings of characters and mecha followed by 10 pages of episode guides and movie information. The book then has a small section of colored line art of characters and mecha before a section of roughly 70 pages of black and white line art of mecha, angels, characters and locations. The book ends with voice actor information. This book is an incredible resource for the Neon Genesis Evangelion animated TV series and includes an amazing amount artwork. The collection of art feels comprehensive from what I can tell and with the exception that some line art is a little too small on the page, I cannot imagine any fan being disappointed with the content of this volume.


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Sunrise Art Book Series V - The Vision of Escaflowne
(Published 1996)

Sunrise Art Book Series V - The Vision of Escaflowne is a large volume (112 pages) with a dust cover published by Movic. The book covers almost all the material from the 26-episode 1996 animated series by Sunrise. It features dozens of quality color pictures, line art of characters, mecha, logo and cards as well as many full-page paintings. This book also features interviews and some concept artwork. The artwork within this book is high quality and - if not exactly exhaustive - is an excellent guide to most of the Escaflowne art.


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Akira Animation Archives
(Published 2002)

Akira Animation Archives is a large volume (194 pages) with a dust cover published by Kodansha. The book is 29.5 cm tall by 20.8 cm wide (11 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This book is an extensive visual catalogue of the art materials from the 1988 animated film Akira which includes storyboards, extensive key-animation drawings, full color and black and white character/mechanical line art, and full paintings and backgrounds. The material within this book is extensive and comprehensively covers every behind-the-scenes aspect of the film production. The book is also interspersed with sections of written material about the film and most of the drawings within are annotated, all in Japanese. This is one of the best books you can own if you enjoy the production design and animation of this landmark animated film.


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Complete Gunbuster
(Published 1990)

Complete Gunbuster is a small volume (80 pages) with a dust cover published by General Products. The book is 29.5 cm tall by 21.0 cm wide (11 3/4 inches tall by 8 1/4 inches wide). This book contains black and white line art of characters, mecha and ships from the six-episode animated OVA series Gunbuster created by Gainax in 1988. Like many similar such art books, the collection of animation material included here is not quite exhaustive but covers most of the important pieces to be considered comprehensive. In addition to the black and white line art, the book also includes many full color, full page pictures of characters and mecha from the series. There are also screen caputres from the anime and some interviews with creators and staff. This book is an excellent resource for the art of Gunbuster.



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